The Byrdie office has become the scene of quite a few monster breakouts lately. At first, I thought the culprit behind these seemingly coordinated skin freakouts was a simple change in the weather. (That, or we'd all somehow timed an extreme overindulgence in sugar.) Now? I'm not so sure. Because between fellow sufferers (yes, I have also been afflicted), I've seen everything from regular congestion to hormonal acne. While these conditions are caused by different things, there is good news. All spots can generally be improved quickly via a purifying face mask, if only temporarily. The root cause always needs to be treated for lasting results, but a stopgap product that calms inflammation and reduces the look of pimples is never not welcome. Thus, stocking up on drugstore face masks has been my number one piece of quick-fix advice of late. (Also, overnight spot treatments.
I'm rounding up the drugstore face masks I've recently been recommending to heal emergency breakouts. Each one is effective, wallet-friendly, and handy to have stashed away. So, whether you're currently mid-face meltdown, or just want to be prepared for the future, you'd be wise to add a few to cart.
This French pharmacy clay-based mask offers shine control but doesn't zap moisture—a must for oily and combination types.
A mix of three types of clay and antibacterial eucalyptus work together to purify breakouts and refine skin texture.
Almost mess-free, this convenient sheet mask helps to clear plugged pores thanks to charcoal and exfoliating fruit acids.
Infused with antioxidant-rich kale, spirulina and parsley, this clay mask promises to detoxify skin without leaving it tight and uncomfortable.
This clay and charcoal mask's namesake, Manuka honey, is a natural antibacterial with potent antioxidant and moisturizing properties.
Made with salicylic acid and clay, this acne-fighting mask can also be used as a treatment cleanser on days you're tight on time.
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